This review is spoiler-free.
“…people like us in situations like this become hashtags, but they rarely get justice.”
Inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas is about 16-year-old Starr and what happens to her after she becomes the only witness to a police officer shooting her unarmed best friend, Kalil.
I’ll start by saying that my favourite thing about this entire book was Starr Carter. She has jumped straight into my top five favourite characters. She’s extremely realistic and it’s so easy to relate to her and sympathise with what she is going through. She’s not indestructible, she’s a scared teenage girl who has witnessed a traumatic event, but she still finds the strength to make sure her voice is heard. It was so great to read about her growth and how strong she becomes through the book.
I also adored her family. I’ve never read a book that had such a realistic family dynamic. Starr and her brothers bicker and fight, but when it comes down to it, it’s clear that they love and will do anything to protect each other. Her parents also fight and bicker, but they are very much in love, and reading about them interacting with each other is the cutest thing ever. This family is so realistic and loving. They have had some hard times, but it’s obvious that if they always work together and look out for each other then they’ll get through anything.
I also really liked all the pop culture references. It’s always fun finding Harry Potter references in other books. I also liked how social media plays a part in this book. I haven’t read many contemporary novels so I’m not used to books having Facebook, Twitter, and Tumblr in them, but it obviously works in this book.
And last but not least, I really liked the message of this book. This book’s subject of police officers shooting unarmed black people is something that I haven’t seen tackled before in a book and it’s done very well. This book may be fiction but what happens to Starr and the people around her is very real. It’s a tough book to read, especially the ending, but it is very realistic.
The Hate U Give deserves all the praise that it’s getting and I would recommend that everyone reads this book. Despite its tough subject, it’s still a fast-paced book that’s really hard to put down. If you haven’t read this I’m sure that if you do you’re going to love Starr and her family, and perhaps gain a whole new perspective (I know I definitely did) on this subject.
Thanks for reading! Have you read this book? If so, what did you think of it? If you have any book recommendations let me know! I’m always looking for new books to read!